Love is in the air
Happy Valentine's Day! There are many, many different types of courting behaviour in the animal world. Some are as simple as following a scent trail or being in the right place at the right time, but others are stunningly complex and elaborate. Grebes in particular are known for their beautiful and highly synchronised courtship rituals. Called "dancing" or "rushing", these rituals are vital in securing a pair's bond for the breeding season.
The Okanagan and Similkameen are home to several grebe species, including the Red-necked Grebes (above), Western Grebes, and the tiny Pied-billed Grebe (below). Many can be seen year-round and are most often spotted on still or slow-moving water in lakes and ponds as opposed to rivers and creeks.